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The CIPHE has welcomed its 70,000th Registered Plumber (RP) to its rolls, first begun in 1886, with Sam Demeza from Newmarket claiming the honour.
Developed to help promote skilled people carrying out professional work, the Register of Plumbers has been at the forefront in the struggle for licensing since its inception. In its time, the Register has been managed by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers (WCP), the Registered Plumbers Association (RPA) and, most recently, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE), which took over its management on merging with the RPA in 1970. Its role has been widened to move with the changing demands of the industry, with the Register of Heating Professionals introduced by the CIPHE in 2009.
70,000th Registered Plumber Sam Demeza, is managing director of Bentley Mechanical Services. He’s been a lifelong member of the industry, working his way up from being on the tools, after originally being an apprentice at the company under its founder, Stuart Bentley, who was also a CIPHE member.
Sam comments: “It was quite a surprise to find out that I was the 70,000th Registered Plumber, but it’s a title I’ll happily wear with pride. Bentley Mechanical Services only employ skilled and experienced personnel, who are committed to providing workmanship at the highest of standards. The ethos of professionalism is core to what we do and what we stand for, so attaining CIPHE membership and Registered Plumber status was really important to me.”
For Sam and others on the Registers, standard CIPHE membership benefits are bolstered by the use of the designatory letters RP or RHP – to further distinguish qualifications and expertise – and the option to join CIPHE’s directory database to help promote their business.